On the eve of the National Hockey League finally ending the lockout, the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League returned to action after the holiday break.
Jeremy Hoffer staked the Emmaus ice hockey team to an early lead with two first period goals, and Michael Smoker nearly held a shutout, as the Green Hornets beat Bethlehem/Central Catholic 5-1 Monday, Jan. 7, in their first game after the long holiday break.
Emmaus entered the break 8-2-1, and in second place behind Parkland...
Freedom has hoped to control it destiny and make a return trip to the playoffs in the Pure Division of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL), but they will need some help.
The Patriots began the week nestled in third place in the tightly knit three-team division behind Parkland and Emmaus, five points behind the second-place club. They played Phillipsburg to a 1-1 tie Monday night.
For the most part, their season appears to be over as only the top two teams in the...
Jeff Karam knows that keeping his Bethlehem Catholic wrestling team focused can be an issue at times.
Karam does have a program that is 6-0 on the season and has developed winning habits continually over the past three years.
Still, he saw a lack of intensity from his team during last week's 34-13 victory over Nazareth.
Whether the Hawks just came out flat, had a case of boredom or a bout of over confidence, that all should change this week.
The Hawks travel to...
Liberty continued their hot start to the season over the weekend, when they knocked off Northampton 35-20 to bolster their record to 5-0 on the year.
It was also the second time in the last 20 years that Liberty knocked the K-Kids off and that's something that head coach Jody Karam could look back on with a smile.
"It's certainly a step in the right direction," said Karam, who's in his 20th season at the helm of the program. "No matter what the circumstances are, Northampton is...
Liberty girl swimmers were victorious over Central last week, 130-47.
Emily Cecchini, Maggie Olock, Grace Walters, and Emma Williams won the 200 medley relay in 2:01.53.
Madison Sauers won two events, the 200 free in 2:04.43, and the 100 free in 57.98.
Jocelyn Baker placed first in the 200 IM in 2:21.01.
Baker said, "My time [in the 200 IM] was pretty good today. We've been training hard over Christmas break. We weren't really sure about Central. They've given us...
It's not quite how Brandon Hall expected to ring in the New Year for Freedom's wrestling program. The Patriots were forced to cancel their January 3 wrestling meet against Parkland, as well as postpone tonight's bout against Northampton because of a suspected skin infection.
Hall's program was shut down for 10 days, including tonight's match against Northampton, with no skin-to-skin contact for his wrestlers.
Even though the skin infection was limited, he felt the best decision...
Disappointment. Wake-up call. Consistency.
All are words that come out of head coach Joe Stellato's mouth when he talks about Freedom's basketball season up to date.
Sitting with a 5-5 overall record and a subpar 1-3 mark in the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Patriots enter desperate measures this week with a three game slate.
Monday's 53-42 victory over Pocono Mountain West got their week off to a promising start with the road win.
Freedom followed that with...
The Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Banquet will be held Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. This year is the inaugural boys and girls joint banquet and it will take place at the Northampton Community Center.
Matthew Collier is center-mid with three career goals and five career assists. He has a 3.0 GPA out of 4.0.
He was a co-captain for two years and MVP defender his junior year and rookie of the year as a freshman.
When you talk to basketball coaches around the Lehigh Valley Conference, there's a certain consensus regarding the hierarchy structure this winter.
There's Liberty and then there's everyone else.
The Hurricanes (6-2, 4-0) only two losses were to Philadelphia area teams over Christmas and they've won their other six games by an average of 20.8 points, five of which have come against LVC opponents.
So when some teams are looking to fix their rebounding woes, offensive flow...
After a shakey start in its game against Whitehall last Friday night, Liberty prevailed over the Zephyrs in overtime, 52-49.
Down 10-2 in the first quarter, the Hurricanes knew they needed to refocus quickly.
"We needed to focus on our defense, which would allow us to push the ball, and that's how we got a few fast breaks," said Liberty guard, Kali Shumock.
By the fourth quarter, the Hurricanes had a 43-35 lead, which was about to disappear thanks to nine straight points...